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Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Overview: Thermodynamics of phase transitions. Different types of phase diagrams.

Statitical Mechanical appoach to phase transitions and critical phenomena.

Meanfield theory and Landau theory 

Scaling and universality.  Multicritical points.

Dynamics of phase transitions.

Quantum phase transitions; Nonequilibrium phase transitions.

Prerequisites:   Thermodynmics, statistical mechanics

References: Landau-Lifshitz, Callen, and various review papers

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